I’ve never been more grateful to be married to Eric than I have during this trial. He has been such a steady, calm influence on me and the kids. He never complains and remains thankful for all God has provided for Anne and our family. God has ordained it so that the times I am tempted to despair, Eric seems especially hopeful. Eric has been a tangible, living rock for our family because of his unwavering faith in the goodness of God. He is an amazing man!
Anne continues to make progress little by little. My current challenge is not to compare her to before the accident, but to accept this new version of Anne. She is sweet and witty – a real joy to be around.
Another challenge for me is to stay tethered to my saviour. As Anne has improved, my constant awareness of my need for Jesus has wained. This morning we sang one of my favorite hymns… The last stanza is my prayer:
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
Eric and I have been deeply impacted by the way our church and community have cared for and supported us. Attending church and seeing how many people know, love and care for Canon and Kate is such a gift. This is God’s covenant family caring for their own. How humbling and rich it is to be the one cared for. We are forever changed because of it!
Thank you for praying and loving us so well…
Looking forward to Thursday (Anne’s homecoming)! -kathryn
This morning the nurses are working to remove the ventilator.
Right after the ventilator came out of her, the words i heard on the praise music CD playing in Anne’s room: “This is the air I breath – your holy spirit living in me”. God supplies all we need!
God has answered the following specific prayers:
- Anne is alive! The first night we did not know whether she would make it.
- Anne woke up! The doctors did not know if she would ever regain consciousness.
- The swelling in Anne’s brain has dramtically reduced
- Anne’s sedation continues to be reduced and she is responded well to it.
- Because of your guestbook entries, those scriptures help Kathryn and me know what to pray.
It is hard to tell if little Anne recognizes us yet. I think she may respond to Kathryn’s voice at times. She opens her eyes, but she doesn’t seem to be able to focus on us. This is very hard to see. I so want my little girl to be able to run and play and dance. . . . but i most want God’s plan for her, whatever that may be.
We pray that her brain will heal. I know God will take care of my little girl in His way, and in his timing.
Still reading through and praying over Mark 5 and Luke 8.
Anne remained stable all day. In some ways, it feels like the calm before the storm. They’ll begin to wean her of her sedation meds slowly over the next few days. We’ll pray she responds better the 2nd go around…
Just an aside… Canon has been sleeping in Anne’s bed in the same room as Kate. They listen to music each night. Just now, both Canon and Kate were singing along to “Blessed Be Your Name.” -very loudly, I might add :-)
There’s nothing more glorious than children singing, “Blessed be your name, on the road marked with suffering, though there’s pain in the offering, blessed by your name!”
Thank you for your faithful prayers. I pray Anne continues to rest well.